Rookie Police Officer Could Lose Leg due to Motorcycle Crash in California
Posted on August 26, 2016
A collision between a motorcycle and an SUV in Fullerton, California resulted in critical injuries suffered by a Los Angeles police officer. The motorcyclist was a 24-year-old off-duty rookie police officer whose name has not yet been released.
Having worked as an officer for only under one year, the police officer received an assignment to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Wilshire station.
The catastrophic motorcycle accident took place on Commonwealth Avenue at Basque Avenue at approximately 10:50 p.m. on Monday, August 22.
The operator of a 2005 Toyota Sequoia was driving in the eastern direction on an intersecting roadway and tried to turn left onto Basque Avenue when he hit the officer’s Harley Davidson motorcycle, which was headed in the western direction.
The motorcyclist was later taken to UCI Medical Center, where he was said to be in critical condition. The 19-year-old driver of the SUV did not suffer any injuries in the motorcycle accident.
According to law enforcement, it does not appear that impairment by the use of alcohol or drugs was a contributing factor in the collision. The operator of the SUV stayed at the scene after the accident and was reportedly complying with the investigation.
Left-Turn Collisions between Motorcycle and Cars
Motorists who make left turns in front of an oncoming motorcyclist are a major cause of crashes involving motorcycles. According to the Hurt Report, which was commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the majority of motorcycle accidents are caused by another motorist who is in violation of the right-of-way of the motorcycle at an intersection. In most cases, the motorist makes a left turn in front of the approaching motorcycle because the motorist failed to see the motorcycle.
In addition, the Hurt Report acknowledged that some single-vehicle motorcycle accidents were really caused by a movement of the motorcyclist in an effort to avoid a crash with a vehicle that made a left turn in front of the bike.
If you were injured in a motorcycle accident in which the other motorist was negligent, you should call the motorcycle accident lawyers at Proner and Proner.